• Journal Papers

(* corresponding authorship)


  1. Ma, E.Z., Liang, X.Y.*, Zhang, J.W., & Zhang, Y.-K., 2022. Dynamics in Diffusive Emissions of Dissolved Gases from Groundwater Induced by Fluctuated Ground Surface Temperature. Environmental Science & Technology.
  2. Liang, X.Y.*, Wang, C.-Y., Ma, E.Z., & Zhang, Y.-K., 2022. Effects of unsaturated flow on hydraulic head response to Earth tides–An analytical model. Water Resources Research, 58, e2021WR030337.


  1. Liang, X.Y., K.E. Schilling*, C.S. Jones, and Y.-K. Zhang, 2021. Temporal scaling of long-term co-occurring agricultural contaminants and the implications for conservation planning, Environmental Research Letters,
  2. Liu, X.Y., E. Z. Ma, Y.K. Zhang, and X.Y. Liang*, 2021. An Analytical Model of Vapor Intrusion with Fluctuated Water Table, Journal of Hydrology126085. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2021.126085.
  3. Yang, C., Y.-K. Zhang, X.Y. Liang, C. Olschanowsky, X. Yang, R. Maxwell, 2021. Accelerating the Lagrangian particle tracking of residence time distributions and source water mixing towards large scales. Computers & Geosciences, 151. doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2021.104760.
  4. Zhang, J., X. Chen, A. Khan, Y. -K. Zhang, X. X. Kuang, X. Y. Liang,  M. Taccari, J. Nuttall, 2021. Daily runoff forecasting by deep recursive neural network. Journal of Hydrology, 596. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2021.126067.


  1. Liang, X.Y., V. A. Zlotnik*, Y.K Zhang, and P. Xin, 2020. Diagnostic Analysis of Bank Storage Effects on Sloping Floodplains. Water Resources Research e2019WR026385. doi:10.1029/2019wr026385.
  2. Lu, H.F., N. Shan, Y.K. Zhang, and X.Y. Liang*, 2020. Effect of Strain-Dependent Hydraulic Conductivity of Coal Rock on Groundwater Inrush in Mining, Geofluids, Article ID 8887392, doi: 10.1155/2020/8887392.
  3. Cheng, Y., J. Ding, X.Y. Liang, X.W. Ji, L. Xu, X.X. Xie*, and Y.-K. Zhang, 2020. Fractions Transformation and Dissipation Mechanism of Dechlorane Plus in the Rhizosphere of the Soil-Plant System. Environmental Science & Technology, doi:10.1021/acs.est.9b06748.
  4. Nan, T.C.*, J.C. Wu*, A. Guadagnini, X.K. Zeng, and X.Y. Liang, 2020. Random walk evaluation of Green’s functions for groundwater flow in heterogeneous aquifers. Journal of Hydrology, 588. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2020.125029
  5. Liu, J., X.K. Zeng*, E.Z. Ma*, J.C. Wu, Y.-K. Zhang, Y.Y. Sun, X.Y. Liang, and C.M. Zheng, 2020. On the nanoparticle transport and release in layered heterogeneous porous media under transient chemical conditions. Journal of Hydrology, 586. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2020.124889
  6. Qi, C.T., H.B. Zhan*, X.Y. Liang, and C. Ma, 2020. Influence of time-dependent ground surface flux on aquifer recharge with a vadose zone injection well. Journal of Hydrology, 584. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2020.124739


  1. Ma, E.Z., Y.K. Zhang, X.Y. Liang*, J.Z. Yang, Y.Q. Zhao, and X.Y. Liu, 2019. An analytical model of bubble-facilitated vapor intrusion, Water Research, 165, 12. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2019.114992.
  2. Liang, X.Y., Y.K. Zhang*, J. Liu, E.Z. Ma, and C.M. Zheng, 2019. Solute transport with linear reactions in porous media with layered structure: A semi-analytical model, Water Resources Research, 55, 5102–5118.
  3. Chen, C., Y. Tian, Y.-K. Zhang, X. He, X.F. Yang, X.Y. Liang, Y. Zheng, F. Han, C.M. Zheng, and C. Yang*, 2019. Effects of agricultural activities on the temporal variations of streamflow: trends and long memory, Stoch Environ Res Risk Assess, 33(8-9), 1553-1564.
  4. Schilling, K*., C.S. Jones, R.J. Clark, R.D. Libra, X.Y. Liang, and Y.-K. Zhang, 2019. Contrasting NO3-N concentration patterns at two karst springs in Iowa (USA): insights on aquifer nitrogen storage and delivery. Hydrogeology Journal, 27(4), 1389-1400.
  5. Wang, Y., Y.-K. Zhang, X.Y. Liang*, and X.C. Xie, 2019. Estimation and dynamic analysis of water environmental capacity in the Shaying River Basin in Anhui province. Yellow River, 41(01): 79-84. (In Chinese)


  1. Liang, X.Y., H.B. Zhan*, and Y.K Zhang*, 2018. Aquifer Recharge Using a Vadose Zone Infiltration Well, Water Resources Research, 54, 8847–8863.
  2. Liang, X.Y., H.B. Zhan*, and K. Schilling, 2018. Spatiotemporal Responses of Groundwater Flow and Aquifer-River Exchanges to Flood Events, Water Resources Research, 54(3), 1513-1532.
  3. Liang, X.Y*., H.B. Zhan*, Y.K. Zhang, and K. Schilling, 2018. Reply to Comment by Roques et al. on "Base Flow Recession from Unsaturated-Saturated Porous Media considering Lateral Unsaturated Discharge and Aquifer Compressibility", Water Resources Research, 54(4), 3220-3222.
  4. Liang, X.Y., H.B. Zhan*, J. Liu, G.M. Dong, and Y.K. Zhang, 2018. A simple method of transport parameter estimation for slug injecting tracer tests in porous media, Science of The Total Environment, 644, 1536-1546. DOI:
  5. Liang, X.Y*., H.B. Zhan*, Y.K. Zhang, and J. Liu, 2018. Underdamped slug tests with unsaturated-saturated flows by considering effects of wellbore skins, Hydrological Processes, 32(7), 968-980.
  6. Lu H.F., X.Y. Liang*, N. Shan, and Y.K. Zhang, 2018. Study on the Stability of the Coal Seam Floor above a Confined Aquifer Using the Structural System Reliability Method, Geofluids,
  7. Liu, J., X.K. Zeng*, J.C. Wu, X.Y. Liang, Y.Y. Sun, and H.B. Zhan, 2018. Assessing titanium dioxide nanoparticles transport models by Bayesian uncertainty analysis. Stoch Environ Res Risk Assess, 32(12), 3365-3379.


  1. Liang, X.Y*., H.B. Zhan*, Y.K. Zhang, and K. Schilling, 2017. Base flow recession from Unsaturated-Saturated porous media considering lateral unsaturated discharge and aquifer compressibility, Water Resources Research, 53(9), 7832-7852. DOI: 10.1002/2017WR020938.
  2. Liang, X.Y*., H.B. Zhan*, Y.K. Zhang, and J. Liu, 2017. On the coupled unsaturated-saturated flow process induced by vertical, horizontal, and slant wells in unconfined aquifers. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21(2): 1251-1262. DOI:10.5194/hess-21-1251-2017.
  3. Yang, C., Y.-K. Zhang, and X.Y. Liang*, 2017. Analysis of temporal variation and scaling of hydrological variables based on a numerical model of the Sagehen Creek watershed. Stoch Environ Res Risk Assess, 1-12. DOI:10.1007/s00477-017-1421-0.
  4. Zhao, Y.Q., Y.-K. Zhang*, and X.Y. Liang*, 2017. Three-Dimensional Hydromechanical Modeling during Shearing by Nonuniform Crust Movement, Geofluids, Article ID 9605313, 14 pages, 2017. doi:10.1155/2017/9605313.
  5. Schilling, K. *, C.S. Jones, C. F. Wolter, X.Y. Liang, Y. K. Zhang, A. Seeman, T. Isenhart, D. Schnoebelen, and M. Skopec, 2017. Variability of nitrate-nitrogen load estimation results will make quantifying load reduction strategies difficult in Iowa, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 72(4), 317-325.


  1. Liang, X.Y., K. Schilling, Y.-K. Zhang*, and J. Christopher, 2016. Co-Kriging estimation of nitrate-nitrogen loads in an agricultural river, Water Resources Management, 30(5): 1771-1784.
  2. Zhao, Y.Q., Y.-K. Zhang, and X.Y. Liang*, 2016. Analytical solutions of three-dimensional groundwater flow to a well in a leaky sloping fault-zone aquifer, Journal of Hydrology, 539:204–213.
  3. Yang, C., Y.-K. Zhang, and X.Y. Liang*, 2016. Effects of temporally correlated infiltration on water flow in an unsaturated-saturated system. Stoch Environ Res Risk Assess, 30(7): 2009-2017. DOI:10.1007/s00477-015-1119-0
  4. Liang, X.Y., Y.-K. Zhang*, and K. Schilling, 2016. Effect of heterogeneity on spatiotemporal variations of groundwater level in a bounded unconfined aquifer. Stoch Environ Res Risk Assess30(1): 1-8. DOI: 10.1007/s00477-014-0990-4.

prior to 2016

  1. Liang, X.Y., and Y.-K. Zhang*, 2015. Analyses of uncertainties and scaling of groundwater level fluctuations. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 01/2015; 12(1):1-23.
  2. Liang, X.Y., Y.-K. Zhang*, and K. Schilling, 2015. Analytical solutions for two-dimensional groundwater flow with subsurface drainage tiles. Journal of Hydrology, 521(0): 556-564.
  3. Liang, X.Y., and Y.-K. Zhang*, 2013. Temporal and spatial variation and scaling of groundwater levels in a bounded unconfined aquifer. Journal of Hydrology, 479: 139-145.
  4. Liang, X.Y., and Y.-K. Zhang*, 2013. Analytic solutions to transient groundwater flow under time-dependent sources in a heterogeneous aquifer bounded by fluctuating river stage. Advances in Water Resources, 58: 1-9.
  5. Liang, X.Y., and Y.-K. Zhang*, 2012. A new analytical method for groundwater recharge and discharge estimation. Journal of Hydrology, 450: 17-24.
  6. Liang, X.Y., and Y.-K. Zhang*, 2012. Analytical Solution for Drainage and Recession from an Unconfined AquiferGroundwater, 50(5): 793-798.

Papers in Chinese

  1. Yang, C., Y.-K. Zhang, and X.Y. Liang*, 2015. The temporospatial variations of water flow in an unsaturated-saturated system under infiltrations of fractional Gaussian noise and fractional Brownian motion, Journal of Nanjing University. Natural Sciences, 51, 1279-1290. (In Chinese)
  2. Yang, C., Y.-K. Zhang, and X.Y. Liang*, 2015. Effect of heterogeneity on temporospatial variations of water flow in an unsaturated-saturated system. Geological Journal of China Universities, 21(3): 559-568. (In Chinese)
  3. Zheng, Y.H., Y.-K. Zhang*, and X.Y. Liang, 2015. A study of groundwater flow and water quality characteristics in the riparian zone of Jialu River near Zhongmu. Geological Journal of China Universities, 21(2): 234-242. (In Chinese)
  4. Chen, L., Y.-K. Zhang*, X.Y. Liang, W.B. Yuan, and T. Pan, 2013. Application of a soil-aquifer lateral seepage system to purifying polluted river water: a demonstrated project at the Suoxu river near Zhengzhou. Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology,40(4): 93-98. (In Chinese)
  5. Lu, H.F.*, D.X. Yao, X.Y. Liang, L. Guo, and D. Shen, 2013. Analytical solution of stress in a transversely isotropic floor rock mass under mining. Chinese Journal of Underground Space and Engineering, 9(5): 1050-1056. (In Chinese)
  6. Xu, G.Q.*, Q. Jiang, X.Y. Liang, and M. Yue, 2007. Research on hydrochemical characteristics of acid mine drainage and its prevention. Proc Monogr Eng Wate, 1287-1290 pp.
  7. Jiang, Q., G.Q. Xu*, and X.Y. Liang, 2007. Based on the principal component and cluster analysis to assess the water quality of the groundwater. Energy Environmental Protection, (2): 51-59. (In Chinese)
  8. Zhao, H.H., G.Q. Xu*, H. Sheng, and X.Y. Liang, 2007. Three-dimensional Numerical Simulation Model of the Aquifer Situated in the Bottom of Cenozoic Strata and Evaluation of Its Discharge. Journal of Anhui University of Science and Technology: Natural Science, 27(03): 1-6. (In Chinese).
  9. Liang, X.Y. and G.Q. Xu*, 2006. The application of Visual MODFLOW in groundwater resources development. Journal of Anhui University of Science and Technology: Natural Science, 25-28. (In Chinese).

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